We made our goal today; 602 miles, 15 days from Aurora KY to Knoxville. For 14 days we have bucked 1-2.5 mph current. Heading back we will travel as much as 67% faster with the engine going the same speed. The river today is lined for miles with hugh mansions on both sides (see photo). Most appear less than 10 years old. It is just like Florida without the palm trees. I heard on the radio that there is a movement to have TVA stop selling off public land which will put an end to the clear cutting and construction of these large homes along the river. We got to Knoxville at 2:00PM and tied up beside the 28 ft sailboat "True North" belonging to Tom and Patty. This couple hosted the America's Great Loop Cruisers Association meeting at Fairhope Alabama we attended in October 2003. They live in Pensacola came up the Tenn Tom in the spring and have been cruising both the Cumberland and Tennessee since then. We will have dinner with them tomorrow night at Calhoun's, a rib place right on the river near here. Tonight we had really good pizza at the Riverview restaurant which is very close to the marina. Tomorrow we will tour the Old Town and maybe even visit the very large Womens Basketball Hall of Fame. I am curious just to see what such a museum would be like.
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